Recently, vehicle inspection stickers were illegally sold in two separate areas of the country. One man, a former state trooper in Brentwood, New Hampshire, is facing jail time for taking bribes and offering the stickers to motorists owning salvaged vehicles. Another individual, a Jiffy Lube employee in southeast Austin, Texas, may have been helping customers with failing vehicles pass state inspections by giving them stickers.
Forty-year-old Fred Stamatatos has been offered a plea deal by New Hampshire state prosecutors for his felony bribe charge and nine misdemeanors for giving inspection stickers to Aldaberto Medina, 39, of Manchester, New Hampshire. None of Medina's vehicles had received the required state vehicle inspections, according to The Union Leader.
Twenty-five-year-old Brandon Trujilo was selling Texas state inspection stickers to those customers whose cars were unable to pass. According to officials, it appears that Trujilo had tested a passable vehicle in order to get around the state's testing equiptment. His antics were uncovered when an agent visited the Jiffy Lube at which he worked, KVUE news source reported.
Allegedly, sticker fraud has become a big business, as many motorists are unable to afford vehicle repairs or simply refuse to have the necessary problems fixed.